Early Summer Gazpacho

June  5, 2014

Vegan lunches can -- and should -- be a lot more interesting than bare salads or carrot sticks and hummus. New Veganism columnist Gena Hamshaw will be sharing inspiration for midday meals that stave off both hunger and boredom.

Today: A bright summer lunch for those days when you can't bear to turn the oven on. 

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We’re officially entering that time of year where turning on the oven -- or even the stove -- for lunch feels inconceivable, and the appeal of a blended meal is stronger than ever. This week marked my first annual batch of gazpacho, and I’m still savoring the leftovers.

More: Feeling inspired? Turn your gazpacho into salad

I’ll confess, I take a pretty non-traditional approach to gazpacho-making: I don’t care much for onions or garlic, so I typically leave them out, and I often omit the bread that’s called for in gazpacho, too. My standard variation involves 2 parts tomato to 1 part cucumber, chopped. Then I blend them up with sea salt, black pepper, lemon, a touch of sherry vinegar, a small amount of avocado, and some good olive oil (usually about 2 tablespoons), along with enough water to get the consistency I want. Voilà: a perfect lunch in a bowl.

For a heartier meal, I either top it with chopped vegetables, herbs, and avocado, or I serve it with some simple grains or legumes. I’ve got my eye on some non-traditional gazpachos for later this summer, including strawberry gazpacho and cucumber gazpacho. We’ll see how it goes.

Photo by Gena Hamshaw

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Gena Hamshaw is a certified nutritionist, recipe developer, and food blogger. She shares her latest culinary adventures at The Full Helping. She's the author of two cookbooks, Food52 Vegan (2015) and Choosing Raw (2014). She enjoys yoga, sweet potatoes, cashews, and things that are smothered in sauce.

1 Comment

Pamela F. June 5, 2014
Vegan gazpacho? Seriously? I thought gazpacho was generally a vegan dish.